Nihongo Night Feb 2020 – The Era of Showa Part 1

Our next Nihongo Night is scheduled on February 22, 2020 from 5 pm to 7 pm ET. The topic is “The Era of Showa – Part 1”. Mr. Mas Hongoh of JSGH will talk about Japan in the Meiji, Taisho eras to the beginning of the Showa era. “As a child growing in Japan, I used to hear “Meiji Era is long gone…” That was after the Pacific War ended. Now Japan is living in >>Read More...

Learn Japanese – Beginners Japanese Course at MCC

JSGH will offer Beginners Japanese Course at Manchester Community College (MCC) in March 2020. Japanese for Beginners (MCC/Continuing Education Spring 2020 Credit-Free) This course is for high school students and adults who have no prior exposure to Japanese. In this course, you will learn how to read and write hiragana (a set of symbols to spell Japanese words) and katakana (a set of symbols to spell foreign words), give greetings, use basic everyday phrases, and ask and answer simple questions on such topics as self-introductions, favorite foods, and personal interests and >>Read More...

November Nihongo Night – RAN

At our next Nihongo Night, we will watch a Japanese movie this month: It was the age of civil war in Japan. Feudal lords fought with each other trying to expand their territories, fights erupted even among a father and sons, and among brothers. Toranaga, a feudal load (acted by Tatsuya Nakadai) lived himself such a life since he was a young man. He finally expelled and managed to secure territory of his own. Getting old he now wants >>Read More...

October Nihongo Night – Japan’s 20 Year Deflation

NIHONGO NIGHT: October 26, 2019 (Saturday) 「Japan’s 20-year Deflation — Is there any hope of turning? — Each Citizen’s awareness is vital」 By Mitsuko Yoo (JSGH Treasurer) *Sorry: the presentation will be in Japanese. Japan has suffered and is still suffering from a 20-year Deflation. Now people are afraid because the October sales tax increase might prolong the Deflation. It seems there is no hope of turning to good direction. The government is falsely demonstrating improved economic results, comparing apples to >>Read More...

September Nihongo Night

“Thinking About Japan through Modern Music” by Scott Aalgaard (Asst. Professor, Wesleyan U, East Asian Study) Music is an important entertainment all of us can enjoy. However, music is also an important means which allows us to think about the society, history, agony, dream, as well as Japan and the world itself. Musical Study is a technique which can clarify criticisms, hopes, accusations, and protests expressed in many different ways from our ordinary life viewpoint. By listening to the modern >>Read More...